Stralsund is a city in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany, situated at the southern coast of the estuary Strelasund (a sound of the Baltic Sea separating the island of Rügen from the mainland).
Two bridges (the Rügendamm and since October 2007 the new Rügen bridge) and several ferry services connect Stralsund with the ports of Rügen.
In Stralsund, an old Hanseatic city, you will find numerous nice hotels. Many of Stralsund’s hotel guests combine their stay in Stralsund with a trip to the island Rügen.
While staying at a hotel in Stralsund you will enjoy the historic cityscape, which is dominated by buildings in baroque and renaissance style.
Many of Stralsund’s hotels are located in close proximity to the Alter Markt (od market square), where you will see Stralsund’s landmark: the Gothic Town Hall (13th century) with its elaborately decorated front.
Behind the town hall you can see the imposing Nikolaikirche (St. Nicholas' Church), the city’s oldest sacral building (also 13th century). The church contains a beautiful high altar and an astronomical clock from the 14th century. While staying at a hotel in Stralsund, you should visit the city’s harbour, where you can book a ferry trip to the island Hiddensee.
The Oceanography Museum is one of the most popular destinations for Stralsund’s hotel guests. The museum will provide for an interesting insight into the biotope Baltic Sea and also exhibits a huge aquarium.
Stralsund’s hotel guests who are interested in culture will enjoy a visit to the Museum of Cultural History, which is located in the cloister of the Katharinenkloster (Monastery of Saint Catherine). The museum exhibits the “Hiddenseer Goldschmuck” (Hiddensee’s gold jewellery), which was recovered from the Baltic Sea in the 10th century.
The autobahn A20 and the local bus lines, which are operated by the traffic service Nahverkehr Stralsund GmbH, will take you to your hotel quickly and comfortably.
Tourism and the many hotels play a vital role for Stralsund’s economy. Another important enterprise is the Stralsunder Volkswerft.
Total population: 58,288 (December 2006)
Postal codes: 18435, -37, -39